Sunday, February 17, 2008

New week new work...

Decorator Block No 23 "Magnolia" 4 x 4" acrylic on Canvas $20.00 each ( sets of 5 assorted paintings) Ok the cabaret is over; and thank the goddess I can get back to my real love - ART. This week I have a short list to accomplish:
  • Cut and sew the floor length table covers and display rack covers for my new display for Sugarloaf 2008
  • Paint 40 8 x 54 scarves
  • Paint 20 22 x 90
  • Frame 15 11 x 17 landscapes
  • Paint 15 new Fruits and Vegetables
  • Get photos/slides/ digitals as required to file Applicaitons for 5 local shows.
  • Take care of my sick BF.
  • Remember to smile and be grateful for the life I have!

Until Next time

Create Beauty and fill the world with Love!


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Diva Moments

ME ... in a photo my BF / business partner took.
I am having a diva moment. This weekend I have a cabaret performance that I am very excited about. In-spite of the fact that I have not sung professionally for 2 years I am very pleased with the song selection, with the jazz musicians I am working with ( John A Marlowe on piano and the lovely and renowned Bass player Ann Marlowe.) The venue is a wonderful home in Chevy Chase, MD that has been expressly remodeled for these salons. I have made a hot silk outfit for the occasion and I am almost over being scared. I still have 3 days to finish the last minute stuff of re-memorizing and polishing the patter, but all in all I'm in good shape.
It's Valentine's weekend. Love is in the air.
Guess I better get a move on! Saturday will be here before I know it!
Until next time
Create beauty and fill the world with love!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and Vegetables No. 9 5"x 7" Oil on gilded Masonite Panel Matted/ Framed
I sometimes forget how much I love life. The abundance of nature and its ability to reproduce itself constantly make me joy filled. I paint because I need to capture those feelings... more than the image of place or time or object.
I am finding that everyday I work on a different project, a different medium, a different style or form. That seems to make me more open to cross referencing styles, techniques, and color.
"Attitude of Gratitude"... I guess it has meaning. I am grateful for life today! And so I am doing what I feel I was put here to do. Producing art work to inspire and touch others.
Until next time
Create Beauty and fill the world with LOVE!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Spring is in the Air

Decorator Block 4" x 4" 1.5" Acrylic on Canvas $20.00 each (3 or more 10 each)

It's been the most wonderful weekend. 60 degree days and calm and no stress. I've had the chance to work on a lot of new paintings and to also get some work done on-line. (Thanks to my partner who amazes me.) He works his 9-5 usually 6 til 6, then has time to work on the publicity for the business and also do all my photo-work. I am very very lucky to have him!

I did a series of new Wearable Silk Neckties this week. They each started out a a landscape but through the magic of silk painting they have turned into wonderful colorful silk abstract art! I'll have photos of them next week for you .

The small Designer blocks I've been working on are expanding. I've moved from the silhouette of trees series to spring blossoms and will continue to work into the seasons, so they can be mixed and matched in sets of seasons, or all of one kind as well. For more images see my website:

Until next time

Create Beauty and fill the world with Love!


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Another beautiful spring day... in February!

Hand Painted Silk Scarf

Assorted Landscapes

$35.00 - $75.00 Choice of Colors

It's February.

February 6 to be exact. Now I know there are many mixed feeling on "global warming", and I'm not getting into that argument. BUT! It is February in the North-East and it's 60 degrees outside and will be into the mid-70s today. I'm not complaining . Yesterday I was able to hang silk outside to paint and dry, and go for a 3 mile walk in a light jacket. I got a little work done and taught a few lessons. Read a book. Had time to do some writing, filled out a few applications for some markets and for come competition. Still had time to compile images for my greeting card series. Sang through the cabaret and worked on memory (God! What happened to my memory?) AND got 8 hours of sleep. (For a change!)

Today I have 2 lessons to teach. I have a silk jacket/ throw I am finishing up for the cabaret next week, and I have some hand painted cards to work on.

Life is good. It's SPRING!

Until next time

Create Beauty and fill the world with love!


Monday, February 4, 2008

Go Giants ... OK back to making Art!

Hand Painted Silk Scarf Wearable Art
22" x 90" 100% imported fine silk
French Silk Painting Technique Dyes
Have to admit I wanted to be a Patriot fan, but as my BF explained the game and I watched last night even I could see that New York were better players. Oh well.
Today is Computer day.... Already had a 9 AM voice student. I have already written the artist's statement, intro and text for a new book of my paintings I am publishing and gotten it to the publisher. More on that soon... it will be available from and my pages,, . I also have a ton of letters to get written, a commission to call to have her final approval on a large work so I can get it delivered this week, and some thank you notes to write.
Starting today I also have to have 2 hours a day to run though the cabaret show on the 16th. (If your in the locality and interested in attending the show e-mail me.)
The month of February I will be focusing on painting at least 3 pieces of silk art/day. Taking survey of peoples most favorite colors to wear... email me!
Until next time
Create Beauty and fill the world with Love

Sunday, February 3, 2008

It's SUPERBOWL weekend and....

Appalachian Trail No. 9 5" x 7" Acrylic on Masonite Panel Matted Framed 11" x 14" SOLD

It's Super-bowl Sunday. For many Americans that means that life stops for the afternoon/evening. It's an excuse for a party, or celebration of some sort, even if you don't care a fig about football. Partially I think that is because is in the perfect spot between Christmas and Easter that we need a little levity. Winter has not yet given us the idea that he is going to leave yet, and the sense of being trapped inside becomes overwhelming to many. Plus... how long can you really do the same thing every day - day in and day out -and not feel a little trapped, in need of a diversion.

I am spending this morning catching up on a few work things, of course. I am finishing the details for the student theatre production I mentioned. ( see the Collage and Poster my Partner and I created for this project.) Plus I am having to stretch a ton of silk for silk painting this week and it is a slow and tedious process (I think I may take silk and stretchers with me to my Boyfriend's where I am having dinner and watching the game with him... A first for us after almost 3 years together.. lol ).

I have to photograph, edit, and and file a large number of new works already for 2008. I started yet another new filing system this year to keep track of my work, every piece gets a digital photo (thanks to BF), a detail form in the paper file, and a spread sheet entry including commitment to shows and display locations as well as sales, etc.

I beat myself up often. I don't think I ever get enough done. My first year as a professional painter my personal goal was to complete 10 paintings a month - simply to improve my skills. To my amazement by the end of that first year I had completed and framed some 247 painting - many that went on to be in competitions, gallery, group, and solo shows, and even to take a few first places and other awards.

With that kind of beginning I expected that I would keep up that kind of production. What I didn't count on was my trying to balance life with that... little things like making a living. Painting and winning acclaim for 247 paintings is wonderful, but unless I SELL a number of them I don't pay for creating them, much less my rent, marketing, medical bills, etc. The time to market and to show them takes away from just producing. Plus I started to explore other venues to make a living.

I realized that in 2007 I painted a grand total of ONLY 14 NEW paintings that I considered Quality Fine Art Paintings. In spite of the fact that I have sold 7 of those paintings, I was really beating myself up for not meeting my own standards.... until my partner pointed out that in that time period I had also painted 300+ HAND-PAINTED 5x7" HOLIDAY and GREETING CARDS. Not to mention 150+ 4" x 4" stretched canvas DESIGNER BLOCKS, and 200 pieces of silk HAND-PAINTED WEARABLE ART pieces. That with also teaching 12-17 hours of private lessons a week , and doing weekend retail markets. Maybe I can improve on that in 2008....

As I reflect... perhaps I deserve time to have a beer with my partner and watch the game.... anyone know who is playing?

Until next time

Create Beauty and fill the world with LOVE!


Saturday, February 2, 2008

A mixed blessing --- too many talents?

Fruits and Vegetables No. 7
Pear Company
5"x 7"
Oil on Gilded Masonite
I have been very fortunate in my life to have survived by my wits and the work of my hands and mind. I have had many careers that supported my love of the arts. From a child-hood country music singer, to a dancer, actress, opera star, choreographer, director, waitress, dishwasher, chef, executive secretary, housekeeper, teacher, and now professional artist. I suppose it is ignoble to complain, but sometimes I feel like I have too many gifts and too many talents and that I really need to just concentrate on one thing and do it!
This week I have been pulled in a thousand different directions.
I am set designing, prop managing/ assistant directing/ song-writing and mentoring for a theatre project a former student of mine is doing. I know it is my own fault. I initially offered to help her out by doing the set design. But then I realized that she really needed some assistance in pulling this whole thing together. It is for such a good cause too.
I have a great gift for assimilating. After spending 40 years of my life in the theatre as dancer, actress, singer, choreographer and director there is very little about pulling together a show that I have not done or that I don't know... BUT the one thing I didn't know how to do was say "NO" OR just not say anything. So in this last month when I had planned to really focus on the huge amount of painting, card making, silk painting and marketing I needed to do before I tackle a couple of huge art and craft fairs... I've been talking though script writing, helping with blocking, writing song lyrics, making placards, painting fabric for draperies, and trying hard to keep her positive and happy and confident. The work she is doing IS great and I am so proud of her. But if I were just a little less multi-talented perhaps I would be not feeling the crunch now for the Money making shows I need to be ready for.
Another thing that has been taking so much of my time this month... I sang professionally for years up until 2 years ago. I performed regularly doing opera music theatre, recital, solo concerts and cabaret. I stopped a couple of years ago because there really is no money in the performing world unless you are one of the top ten in the country and I was tired of being so poor. Well, my best friend convinced me that I should do a cabaret show again for the Valentine's Weekend. Now when I was singing all the time having my chops up and having the band together and having all that music memorized was a piece of cake. At that time I could pull together a two act show the same day I got the call. But for the last two years. Ive done little except paint, and teach my voice students and all the teaching in the world is not the same as singing. Its a lot like going to the gym... those muscles have to be worked ( including my aging memory) on a regular basis. So not only am I working HARD to have a show ready, but I am petrified. I miss singing professionally terribly. I miss doing theatre shows, I miss the spot light ... although I don't admit that often. Even with being the recluse I am - that time of really telling a story and sharing the evening with strangers was good. For 40 years of my life music was ALL that I did every day. But ... right now those art and craft money making shows need a lot of time too. If only I were a little less capable, or limited more in my abilities.
The painting on my blog today is a still life. Still life to me is really a landscape of a different nature. If you read my blog often you know I am primarily a landscape painter. Landscapes are my passion in life. Suddenly I have a call for 14 still life paintings. And they take me time to do, matte and frame. THOSE at least I can use for the art and crafts shows later...
I am working on my second novel. I love words. More than language I love the act of communicating. It is not JUST telling a story to me. It is sharing my world with others. But lately the only time I can write is about 3 am.
On top of all this I have a relationship. My business partner is the love of my life. I waited my whole life to know this man. To learn to love him. To desire to be with him. Each moment I have to be away from him my soul hungers for him. My heart beats erratically until I get to be near him and feel at peace again. Some people may call this co-dependence... I think it is love. We live apart and I am faced with some huge choices to make. I really cannot afford to continue to live in the city I am in and I am about to lose my apartment. My partner, although he loves me very much, is not ready to make that living together move for a number of different and very legitimate reasons.
One option that I have been looking at is to find a live in position as a Bed and Breakfast manger. With my broad background I have all the skills one needs to manage that type of place. It has long been my dream to one day return to the rural towns I grew up in and own and run a B & B with the man of my dreams. Perhaps I will be pursuing it without him. But what-ever life leads me to, I will still need time in my day to paint, to garden, write, to be in nature, and to connect and care take. Maybe being intelligent and extremely multi-talented is not so bad after all. Perhaps I will be the one to figure out the way to add 2 extra hours to the day.
Until Next time
Create Beauty and fill the world with Love.

Friday, February 1, 2008

In the cool cool shade of the evening...

Last Breeze 16 x 20 Oil on Masonite


Winter's chill is doing a wonderful job of avoiding us here in Virginia this year. But still my heart is cold. We have rain today and its slightly gray out. I took a walk in the mist this morning and tried to find that thing that has always driven me to survive, to seach for more, my own voice to express and to explore. I find it sadly lacking right now. My creative juices are stirred by love and loving.

My dearest friend in the world pointed out to me yesterday that I have always had the soul of a care-giver. I need to be needed. I need to feel that I make a difference to someone's life. I need to be more than a convenience or a responsibility. My introspective and reclusive nature really is geared towards re-charging my batteries so that I have enough to give others. Somehow though I seem to have lost the knack for caring enough for me.

In some ways it really is a matter of setting boundaries. How much do I give? How much to do I accept. No matter how little it may seem to be meeting my real needs, am I really willing to give up the thing at hand that I am sure of to once again traipse off into the unknown and recreate a new life. AGAIN? Loving someone can be the most wonderfula nd joyfilled thing in the world. But how do you Unlove someone?

Guess I better get back to work. I have committments and the only way to continue being an artist (same with being an adult, I guess...) is to show up and do the work.

Until next time

Create Beauty and fill the world with Love.